The Justice Department will take a close look at the responses provided by 10 jurisdictions that received warnings about their ‘sanctuary’ policies, with officials appearing skeptical that all are living up to their claims they are compliant with federal immigration laws.
The 10 jurisdictions were warned in April that they risked federal grant funding if DOJ determined their local policies were thwarting immigration agents’ efforts to locate and take custody of illegal immigrants. Each jurisdiction was required to submit certification by June 30 attesting that its policies fall in line with federal immigration law.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Justice Department indicated it received “alleged compliance information” from each of the 10 jurisdictions and that officials were in the process of reviewing the documentation provided.
“It is not enough to assert compliance, the jurisdictions must actually be in compliance,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday. “Sanctuary cities put the lives and well-being of their residents at risk by shielding criminal illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities. These policies give sanctuary to criminals, not to law-abiding Americans.”
The jurisdictions required to certify compliance include California, Connecticut, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia...